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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Psylocke Key Issues

Fulfilling yet another request, and since Olivia Munn has been confirmed to join the cast of X-Men Apocalypse, here's a short and sweet Psylocke key issues list for fans, speculators, whoever.  Many of these, I've mentioned here and there already but some I haven't.

Not that I'm recommending any of them, and I'm pretty sure you know which ones will see a boost in demand and which ones probably won't. This is just a key issues list that details major events for the character, and maybe some minor ones depending on how you look at it.

Either way, enjoy!

1st appearance of Captain Britain
1st appearance of Brian Braddock
Origin of Captain Britain

Hell, I thought I'd put in this one. Although it doesn't quite pertain to Betsy Braddock or Psylocke, Brian Braddock is the hottie super heroine's twin brother.

It's well-known that Betsy Braddock started her comic book career as a supporting character for her brother Brian Braddock also known as Captain Britain. This comic was part of Marvel's UK imprint and probably has a low print run if you care about that sort of stuff.

So, although not directly about Betsy Braddock, this UK comic series is connected to the character. After all, she does make her first appearance in this comic series.

No surprise that this character was created by Herbe Trimpe and Chris Claremont. After all, who else would integrate Betsy Braddock into the X-Men universe later on?

Captain Britain #1 sees the first appearance of Captain Britain and was published October, 1976.

eBay - Quite a few options here for both raw and slabbed copies. Highest CGC grades seem to be a 9.4 NM at the time of this writing. Other graded options also available.

ComicLink - Three CGC copies for this magazine-sized comic. Highest are a 9.4 NM and a 9.2 NM minus. Lowest copy is an 8.5 VF+.

1st appearance of Betsy Braddock

Now this one is the mother load when it comes to Psylocke key issues. Captain Britain #8 holds the first appearance of Betsy Braddock, and as we all know, this character ends up becoming the fan-favorite X-Men mutant.

However, in Captain Britain #8, she is just Brian Braddock's twin sister. Elizabeth Braddock in this issue is blonde haired and has no powers or mention of. No surprise that this 1st appearance of Betsy Braddock in Captain Britain #8 is already up there in price for high and mid grade CGC copies.

This comic was published December, 1976.

eBay - No surprise that the selection is pretty limited at the moment. Some raw and some slabbed copies located. CGC 9.6 NM+s are the highest copies available currently.

mycomishop - Only one copy here and it's a CGC 9.6 NM+.

1st appearance of James Braddock
2nd appearance of Betsy Braddock
The older brother of Brian and Betsy Braddock, James Braddock makes his first appearance in this issue and he has been a supporting character for both Captain Britain and Psylocke.  The character was created by Herpe Trimpe, Chris Claremont and Fred Kida.

Jamie Braddock is also a mutant and has the ability to warp reality in a few ways. This power has also made him schizophrenic and he often mistakes reality to his own dreams.

The elder Braddock is often a super villain for both Captain Britain and the X-Men. I think this issue is the 2nd appearance of Betsy Braddock.

Although nobody - CGC, Overstreet, etc -  is marking issue #9 as any kind of key issue, some out there are toting this issue as Betsy Braddock's first full appearance. I do not see why that is since Betsy does show up more than enough in her first appearance in Captain Britain #8.

Just another one trying to take advantage of the first appearance chaos that this market is going through currently. I wouldn't fall for it. However, it is known that this is the first appearance of Jamie Braddock, and I'm calling it the 2nd appearance of Betsy Braddock.

Captain Britain #9 was published December, 1976, and Captain Britain #10 has the 3rd appearance of Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock, but issue #10 definitely has the first time the character is on a comic cover.

eBay - Very small selection on eBay for this key at the moment. Less than a handful of raw copies and one CGC 9.8, of which is advertising this issue as the first full appearance of Betsy Braddock.

1st appearance as Captain Britain

For a very short tenure, Betsy Braddock took over for her twin brother as Captain Britain. This move would set up quite a few important events that would lead her to the pages of the X-Men.

You'll discover that when we get further along into this. Sure, her first appearance as Captain Britain is probably a minor key issue in the current market, but like I mentioned, it does set up the character for a major event that would take place soon.

Captain Britain #12 volume 2 was published December, 1985.

eBay - Extremely scarce on eBay at the time of this writing. Not really a major key issue or anything, but there are only two raw copies located so far. May be a scarce comic and may not be. Not too sure about that though.

mycomicshop - Only one FN raw copy in actual stock here.

Blinded by Slaymaster
Death of Slaymaster
Captain Britain #13 pretty much ends Betsy Braddock's run as Captain Britain. In this issue, Betsy Braddock would be blinded by Slaymaster.

In retaliation, Brian Braddock slays Slaymaster. Of course, if you're familiar with what happens next in the career of Betsy Braddock, she will be soon captured by Mojo and this will result in her first famous U.S. appearance. Captain Britain #13 from the volume 2 series was published by January, 1986.

eBay - Didn't see too many copies of this one either on the mighty eBay. Saw one raw copy and no slabbed copies.

1st U.S. appearance of Betsy Braddock
1st appearance as Psylocke?
Captain Britain comics were from the Marvel UK imprint. Most of us know that by now. New Mutants Annual #2 is important to the character of Betsy Braddock and Psylocke for quite a few reasons.

As you can see from the key notations above, this is the first U.S. appearance of Betsy Braddock. That means the first time she appears in a U.S. printed comic.

Also, the character is captured by Mojo and given bionic eyes. New Mutants Annual #2 is sometimes credited as being the first time she appears as Psylocke.

Actually, it's the first time she is referenced as Psylocke, but she doesn't actually take the name in this issue. New Mutants Annual #2 has been hot book for a while now, due to speculation.

Looks like the speculation paid off. This comic was published October, 1986.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies and CGC copies of this one. Mostly CGC copies though. A few CGC 9.8s and 9.6 NM+s. Other grades also available.

mycomicshop - Not surprisingly a ton of copies here. All are on consignment and only two CGC copies. It's a 9.6 NM+ and a 9.0 VF/NM. The rest are raw copies. Highest raw copy is a 9.0 VF/NM.

ComicConnect - Only two copies here and they are both CGC. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and lowest is an 8.0 VF.

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.8s and one CGC 9.4 NM located here for now.

Never fear, more Psylocke key issues are definitely on their way in Part 2 of this series. Part 2 will be the last one. Definitely a short and sweet key comic issues series. Just click the PART 2 link to continue.


  1. Howdy Mayhem,

    thanks for that Psylocke Special. I was a fan since the 90s. Now, I have a question regarding another character which I think is cool. I' m talking about Silver Sable. She doesn' t seem to get much exposure though, so I was thinking, do you see anything big on the horizon for that character? Could she become the next Psylocke? Just invested a few bucks in her first cover appearance (A. S. 279)... Like that cover a lot.


    1. Heya Ace, don't know about Silver Sable but I wouldn't doubt if she appears somewhere in the near future. I can see a guest appearance on a tv series more than a movie and that might be more plausible since she was a team member of heroes for hire at one point.

      I think that character would do good in what Marvel and Netflix have got going on. Not so sure about the character for a movie though...even a Spider-Man movie reboot. I don't think Kevin Feige would have that...especially since they're planning to have Peter Parker still in high school.

    2. What are your thoughts? Maybe you're seeing something I'm not.

  2. Yep Mayhem,

    I was thinking the same - Agents of Shield,
    Daredevil or another Netflix Series would be more
    fitting. Just thought Marvel should give here some
    minutes on the screen or in the books... Let' s see
    how things evolve...


    1. We shall see for sure Ace. Hopefully she gets her due.

  3. I think The Uncanny X-Men Annual #10 should be added. It is her second U.S. appearance I believe as well as her second appearance as Psylocke because that annual happens right after New Mutants #2 and was published before Uncanny X-Men 213